A remote mountainous lake is quickly becoming a hotspot for anglers and fishermen everywhere. The area is the only known location of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Utah.
Because of its exclusiveness, the area is also the place where anglers have set the record for the state Yellowstone trout. So far, the record has been broken three times this year. But there are still two days left, so maybe some fisherman somewhere will make it a fourth time.
Box Elder Counter, where the fish species is located, is in the northwest portion of the state. Michael Christiansen first broke the record in June with his 10 1/2 inches catch. But his record didn’t last for long. Less than a month later, Samuel Jenkins caught 12 1/2 inches long fish. Meanwhile, his record lasted until October when Kelly Anderson caught a 14-incher.
“This has been somewhat of a record year for new fishing records — I don’t remember ever getting so many new ones in one year,” Craig Walker, the DWR’s aquatics assistant chief, told The Herald Journal.
The Area Has Grown in Popularity for Trout
For years, the area was popular for rock climbing and camping but not fishing. But now the locals’ little known secret is out. Outsiders from across the country come to Utah for the Utah Cutthroat Slam. The slam challenges anglers to catch the state’s four subspecies of cutthroat trout.
The Cutthroat Slam was launched in 2016 and has benefited the fish. Funds from the slam contribute to cutthroat restoration in the state. Started in 2011, the state’s restoration efforts have helped the fish population grow in size, keeping them off the Endangered Species List.
So far, 3,000 people have participated in the state’s challenge. The state has raised $54,000 for the restoration efforts in the state. In 2020 alone, 780 people registered for the challenge, and the state raised $14,000.